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Definition firm and dependable especially in loyalty

More rarely, staunch can mean water-tight as for a ship that does not leak.

Staunch is also sometimes used to mean stanch (to stop the flow of something—especially blood), but stanch is the generally recommended word for that meaning.
  • She is a staunch defender of free speech.
staunch = firm and dependable
  • She was a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage before it was legal.
  • staunch = firm and dependable
  •   The little toy dog is covered with dust,
      But sturdy and staunch he stands.
    Eugene Field  --  Little Boy Blue
  • staunch = firm and dependable
  • ...the Tucks were her friends. She had done it because—in spite of everything, she loved them. This of all things her family understood, and afterward they drew together staunchly around her.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • staunchly = firmly and dependably (especially in loyalty)
  • "But we don't have a firearm," Dad said again, trying to staunch their worries.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • staunch = stop
  • And, in this staunch little portrait, it's hard not to see the human in the finch.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • ...already using a square of Irish linen from his pocket to staunch and wrap the arm wound.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • We of Minas Tirith have been staunch through long years of trial.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Rosaura was furious when she saw that Pedro and Tita were staunchly behind Esperanza.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • A race of giants had lived then, fearless men, men of a staunchness unknown in this day.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Still, his men held together remarkably staunchly.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Max rose shakily, using his sweatshirt to staunch the bleeding and wipe away the saliva.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • I tore a strip of fabric from my shirt and tried to staunch the flow.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Old Juno, staunch to the last, was foremost in the fray.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • "We ARE rich," said Anne staunchly.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • It's a d-d-d-damn shame!" said Luke, staunch to his goddess.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • But Pravda pointed out that Adam was a staunch conservationist and would never want this barbaric exception made.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • He's a staunch believer in freedom of choice and expression.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • He remembered a poem he had read months before: "Oh staunch old heart who toiled so long for me, I waste my years sailing along the sea—"
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • I tried to staunch the flood of fear.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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